Former Arsenal and Brazil midfielder Edu says his country's friendly against the Socceroos in June will be critical to the Selecao's World Cup preparations.
Brazil will play two matches in Melbourne in June, taking on Argentina and Australia at the MCG in the space of four days.
The Selecao became the first team to qualify for Russia 2018 this week after a 3-0 win over Paraguay and Edu believes playing teams from outside South America is important over the next 12 months if Brazil are to win their first World Cup since 2002.
Describing the upcoming clash with the Socceroos as "a good experience" for Brazil - who crushed Australia 6-0 in their most recent meeting in 2013 - Edu is excited to see how Tite's side perform in their two friendlies in June.
The Socceroos drew 1-1 away to Iraq and defeated United Arab Emirates 2-0 at home in this month's international window to remain third in their World Cup qualifying group in Asia.
"Playing against Argentina and Australia will be great for our preparation to be good for the World Cup," Edu told Omnisport.
Having ended his playing career in 2010, Edu became director of football at boyhood club Corinthians in 2011 and remains at the Sao Paulo-based club.
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The former central midfielder made 15 appearances for Brazil.